In light of recent events, we feel it is best to remind ourselves and everyone that as Muslims that submit to Islam in its entirety and we follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah upon the understanding of the Salaf-us-Saalih (the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the two generations that succeeded them.
We remind our readers that there is no living person free from sin, that is pure and that is promised Jannah. Therefore we often see that people are led astray by those who may have a large following or those that appear to be of good character and have taqwa but we should never attach ourselves and most importantly our faith to anyone.
We believe this quote sums this up perfectly and directs us to whom we should be taking as role models and who we should not be taking as role models.
(This report was narrated by Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr in Jaami‘ Bayaan al-‘Ilm wa Fadluhu, 2/947, no. 1810. )
Abdullah ibn Mas‘ood (may Allah be pleased with him): “Whoever wants to follow a path, let him follow the path of one who has died, for the living are not safe from fitnah. I mean the Companions of Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). They were the best of this ummah: the purest in heart, the deepest in knowledge and the most straightforward. Allah chose them to accompany His Prophet and establish His religion, so recognise their status and follow in their footsteps and adhere as much as you can to their example of conduct and attitude, for they followed true guidance.”
We hope and pray that that the Muslim Ummah can put a stop to the celebrity culture in general and the notion of admiring our leaders that has surrounded our community and led the youth astray, that cause them to put their trust and their emaan in the hands of those that are completely different behind closed doors.
As the above quote shows, the salaf would only follow the dead as the living can still succumb to fitnah.
May Allah azza wa jal guide us, increase us in knowledge, purify our intentions and keep us steadfast Ameen.
We pray that those who use Islam to gain fame are guided to work sincerely for Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala’s sake and have understanding and taqwa.